German auto major BMW has confirmed that it will compete in the all-electric racing series, the Formula E as an official manufacturer in 2018.
BMW has been involved in the FIA Formula E since the second season. The automaker is working as a technical partner with the Andretti team.
Now, BMW has announced that it will enter Formula E as a full works team from 2018. Like several other manufacturers, BMW will use Formula E as a testing ground to develop electric mobility solutions.
BMW plans to implement the technical knowledge gained from Formula E in its passenger vehicles. BMW board member, Klaus Frohlich said, "Through our involvement in Formula E, we are addressing the development towards sustainable and emission-free mobility in the automobile industry and are also making a contribution to the brand's progression to BMW iNext."
BMW's rival company, Audi has also confirmed its Formula E entry as a full works team and the competition will heat up in the championship. Previously, BMW provided support vehicles to the series, the BMW i8, the safety car for the races.
Andretti is also excited about BMW's entry as a full works team. Since joining with BMW, Andretti has scored only one podium finish. And this year's best result was fifth place in Hong Kong.
Several major automakers around the world are interested in the all-electric racing series. Apart from BMW and Audi, Jaguar and Renault are already competing in Formula E. Now the two German giants will have a heated competition in the electric racing series.